Nigeria's Ikike field has begun producing oil, according to TotalEnergies, the operator of OML99 (40 percent), in conjunction with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC, 60 percent). The Ikike platform, which is 20 kilometres off the coast at a depth of roughly 20 metres, is connected to the current Amenam offshore facilities via a 14-kilometer multiphase pipeline. By the end of 2022, it will deliver a peak production of 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
The Ikike project leverages existing facilities to keep costs low, and is designed to minimize greenhouse gas emissions: estimated at less than 4kg CO2e/boe, they will contribute to reducing the average carbon intensity of TotalEnergies’ upstream portfolio. In addition, 95% of hours were worked locally: the jacket as well as the topside modules were entirely built and integrated by local contractors.
“TotalEnergies is pleased to start production at Ikike, which was launched a few months before the covid pandemic, and whose success owes a lot to the full mobilization of the teams. By tapping discoveries close to existing facilities, this project fits the Company’s strategy of focusing on low-cost and low-emission oil projects,” said Henri-Max Ndong-Nzue, Senior Vice President Africa, Exploration and Production at TotalEnergies.